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Currently, the City of Dana Point does not require a City Business License, however the City does require a Certificate of Occupancy be issued for any new business, existing business undergoing any tenant improvements that require a Building Permit, change of ownership when no tenant improvements are constructed, any new use, or change of business use or type in existing space(s).

We have prepared an informational handout that covers the requirements of obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy. A plan must accompany the application. The plan complexity is dependant on the occupancy and site specific conditions but in no case less than 11" x 17".

NO TENANT IMPROVEMENTS

When there are no improvements involved, The process consists of completing a Certificate of Occupancy application, providing a basic plan, obtaining the approvals, paying the required fee, and passing an on site inspection. The Certificate of Occupancy will be available for pick up the next business day or mailed to you within 5 business days.

NOTE: Food related businesses are subject to specific Water Quality Grease Management Requirements. Prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, compliance with the grease management requirements shall be certified on the Grease Control Management Certification form. Some of these requirements may require a seperate Building Permit.

WITH TENANT IMPROVEMENTS

When improvements are part of the project, a building permit application and construction specific plans are required to be submitted for review. Upon obtaining the approvals and paying the required fees, the permit is obtained by a licensed contractor performing the work. Commercial projects of any type do not qualify as an Owner/Builder permit. After passing the required inspections, the Certificate of Occupancy will be available for pick up the next business day or mailed to you within 5 business days.

NOTE: Food related businesses are subject to specific Water Quality Grease Management Requirements. Prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, compliance with the grease management requirements shall be certified on the Grease Control Management Certification form. Some of these requirements may require a seperate Building Permit.

For Businesses where a discretionary approval or improvements to the structure are proposed, including moving or constructing new partitions, changes to the electrical, mechanical, or plumbing systems, additional procedures and approvals will apply.

Signs or Banners require a separate permit process and must have a valid Certificate of Occupancy in place prior to Sign/Banner permit issuance.

Structures with fire sprinkler systems installed, certain "A" Occupancies or other specifically identified restricted use occupancies may have additional requirements including, but not limited to: City of Dana Point approvals, Orange County Health, Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Sheriff's Office and/or any other required agency.

Last updated: 5/19/2014 2:16:17 PM